THURSDAY is a BIG day in the life of Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana star midfielder, Themba “Mshishi” Zwane.
The talented dribbling wizard will head back home in Tembisa where he will start his desire to develop football and play his part as a means of social cohesion.
Through his Themba Zwane Foundation, in conjunction with the George Maluleka Foundation, Zwane will spend Thursday afternoon at Shukumane Primary School from 1pm, where they will donate sanitary towels to school kids. This is the third event where Zwane has answered to his social responsibility after he donated school shoes, as well as food parcels to the needy.
He said his big goal is to start a school’s football league for primary and high schools where scouts will be invited to identify raw talent.
“I want this to be big, massive,” said the 32-year-old who boasts 23 Bafana caps, complemented by 14 goals in the process.
“The aim is to encourage school children to start participating in sport because such are no longer there, which is sad.
“My dream is to have this big tournament for primary and high schools. We no longer have such events in kasi.
“And for me, Tembisa is where I should start. I want to start moulding this from grassroots level, which is schools, and give it my full attention.
“Then it will grow and mushroom to other areas, but rest assured, I am passionate about it.
“The children must grow in football, they must love it, like us. I used to play in townships and I know how it feels, I was noticed from township diski when Santos College saw potential in me.”
He said reason for his collaboration with the George Maluleka Foundation was to have enough quantity to donate because they are running the project alone, from their own pockets.
“We will be handing over 300 sanitary towels, and it could have been more had we had sponsors,” added Zwane.
“Next time when we have enough, or even financial backing, then we would donate big things.”
The launch of his foundation, which he says was inspired by that of Siphiwe “Shabba” Tshabalala, was created last year and his intention is to also encourage other footballers to follow suit and play their part.
“It’s our social responsibility,” he said.
“I actually have two events already that I managed to help during the hard lockdown – food parcel to families in need, and shoes. I realised while going around that the situation was difficult for other people and I decided to play my part.”
He is more encouraged by fact that school children are very happy to see him and enthused when they learn that he used to sit on the desk where they are today.
“It shows that anything is possible, but they need people like us to motivate them to study hard and focus on their studies, hence the donation of pads.
“Hopefully I would touch other people’s hearts.”